Stuart Murray Wilson has arrived in Whanganui, the Corrections Department has confirmed.
The Beast of Blenheim was moved to Whanganui Prison today from Christchurch to prepare for his release next week.
It was part of a routine transfer of prisoners, Corrections says. Whanganui is one of the few places in the country where he has no registered victims, is far away from any urban centres, not too close to neighbours and yet close enough to Corrections staff who can assist with monitoring his release conditions.
"I am aware that this is a stressful time for the community in this region and I would like to thank them for their understanding while we place this high profile offender back into society," said Brendan Anstiss, general manager corrections services.
"My staff and I have met with the Mayor, Councillors, stakeholders, iwi, the public and neighbours to explain our plan for this offender. We believe this plan gives us the best chance of ensuring the community's safety as well as allowing this offender's gradual reintegration into the community.''
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